The Ka-52 is a twin-seat derivative of the Ka-50 Hokum-A attack helicopter, and is designed primarily for reconnaissance and target designation purposes. (Image gallery)
"We have concluded state procurement contracts on the production of Ka-52 helicopters. The helicopter, equipped with an on-board radar, is undergoing final tests at present," the Kommersant newspaper quoted Roman Chernyshov, the Kamov executive director, as saying.
The Kamov design bureau is planning to supply Ka-50 and Ka-52 helicopters to foreign customers in the future, the official said.
According to Russian Air Force Commander, Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin, the Air Force will receive over 100 new combat helicopters, including the Ka-52 and the Mi-28N Night Hunter, over a period of five years, from 2011 until 2015.
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.